I came across this article a couple days ago and it blew me away. Here are a couple excerpts:
First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships.The author, Dennis Prager, cuts to the heart of the matter on several issues, but essentially shows that by caring more about our individual causes and "identity" we are stripping away the fabric of what it means to be an American.
The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American. This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans.
Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.It's hard to pick the "good" quotes, because honestly, the entire article is fantastic. It makes you wonder, though, how many American High School Principals could actually give this speech and retain their jobs.